As-Built News, Ideas and Tips

Staying Ahead Of The Laser Scanning Curve At The SPAR Conference

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3D Laser Scanning, As-Built Surveys, and Insights From The SPAR 3D Expo Over the last 18 months, 3D laser scanning has radically changed the way we capture As-Built survey data at PPM. A process that used to take several days in the field using a handheld laser measuring device can now be completed in a…

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It’s Summertime! The Busy Season For Beaches, Ballparks, Home Renovations and Of Course, As-Built Surveys

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Your Summer Home Renovation Starts With An As-Built Survey As The Temperature Rises, So Does The Volume of Construction Projects As the calendar turns to July throughout the United States, home renovation and remodel projects are in full swing. Whether it’s the cranes that are taking over the downtown skylines, or the fenced-off construction projects…

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As-Built Surveys For Restoration Of Architectural Masterpieces

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Long Beach Architecture Tour Featuring Mid-Century Pioneer Edward Killingsworth   Kelly Sutherlin McLeod Architecture, Inc.’s new office space in Long Beach, CA built by Architect Edward Killingsworth. Photo by Julius Shulman and Juergen Nogai © JUERGEN NOGAI It All Started with an As-Built Survey… Over the course of 16+ years and 17,000 (give or take)…

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From Paper To Point Clouds: Laser Scanning Is An As-Built Paradigm Shift

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Laser Scanning For As-Built Surveys Adds a Whole New Level of Efficiency Human beings have been mapping the physical space around us (including topography, landmarks, structures, and even the stars) for thousands of years.  Throughout that time, we’ve employed a dizzying array of tools and instruments to get the job done.  Regardless of the tool,…

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What Is An As-Built Survey?

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What is an As-Built Survey? The Most Critical Part of your Remodel That You’ve Never Heard Of. It happens all the time, even after 16+ years in business.  Someone asks me “What do you do for work?”, and I tell them that PPM provides As-Built surveys to architects and other design and construction professionals.  Unless…

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Group Photo of PPM Staff celebrating the Company Turning 26


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After 16 Years, PPM has a License to Drive and We’re Planning on Going Places Each February, you will find the team at PPM celebrating the success of another year in business. We have all heard the stats about how many businesses close their doors each year, so we consider every birthday an achievement worth…

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How Great As-Built Surveys Lead to Worry-Free Renovations On the simplest level, PPM is an As-Built surveying company.  That’s what we do.  However, what motivates us and keeps us working towards our goals goes far beyond just providing As-Builts.  Don’t get me wrong – the WHAT is important.  Every company needs a WHAT – in…

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Outsourcing As-Built Plans

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Outsourcing As-Built Plans For many years, it has been common practice in the architectural community to outsource related professional services such as structural calculations, interior design, and model development to companies.  But for one reason or the other, As-Built drawings have not reached the same level of ubiquity as a stand-alone service. In simple terms,…

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Laser Scanning to Revit: As-Built Case Study

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Laser Scanning to Revit: As-Built Case Study After 15 years in business, and over 13,000 As-Built surveys created, PPM finally took the plunge in February of this year and purchased our first laser scanner.  Starting with the “good old days” of tape measure, paper, and pencil, we have tested and implemented several different technological advancements…

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4 Trends in the Restaurant Industry we learned at the NRA Show

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Restaurant Rennovation Trends Last week, Luke from PPM attended the annual National Restaurant Association (NRA) show in Chicago.  The NRA show is the biggest event of the year for the restaurant industry, featuring keynotes and education sessions with top foodservice experts, networking with all the top players in the industry, and hundreds of exhibitors showing…

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